Thousands Attend PCON Convention, Cementing Gains in Real Estate Industry
This past Tuesday, nearly 3,000 business people affiliated with real estate and property management packed the PCON conference in Staten Island—more than double the attendance of the last PCON conference before the Covid Pandemic.
The mood in the conference hall was upbeat and optimistic, and organizers point out that it was right around the last conference when New York City passed a law targeting real estate developers, casting a shadow of unknown over the conference—a sharp contrast to this year’s event, where the endless possibilities for success in this industry was an ongoing theme.
In addition to a plethora of booths catering to every need of real estate developers and managers, there were three major breakout sessions on the sidelines of the conference, featuring a dozen prominent speakers from the real estate world—from billionaire developers, big-name property owners, and attorneys and accountants from the industry who imparted valuable advice.
Illustrating the prominence of PCON was the fact that the NYC Buildings Commissioner Eric Ulrich and Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Adolfo Carrión Jr. appeared at the conference and answered direct questions from the public. “A chief concern of questioners appeared to be New York City’s slow processing of violations, reported one attendee, “and it was a relief to hear officials from the DOB assuring the crowd that they are working on getting them processed faster.”
Another panel hosted Avi Schron, vice president of Cammeby’s Management Company, as well as Steven Goldschmidt, Jason Wisotzky and Isaac Katz. Together, the trio has 150 years of combined property management experience.
The floor was a sea of black and white, as members of our community gathered to do business with one another. “The goal of the conference was to maximize the power of unity in the real estate arena,” said Yedidya Liebler, the main organizer of PCON, “and the turnout proved its success.